• Fiddler on the Roof (1996)

Fiddler on the Roof

Release Date: March 19th, 1996

DVD Release Date: July 1st, 1998

G |3 hr 1 min

Plot Summary

A lavishly produced and critically acclaimed screen adaptation of the international stage sensation tells the life-affirming story of Tevye (Topol), a poor milkman whose love, pride and faith help him face the oppression of turn-of-the century czarist Russia.

Cast: Topol , Norma Crane, Leonard Frey, Molly Picon, Paul Mann, Rosalind Harris, Michele Marsh, Neva Small

Director: Norman Jewison

Genres: Musical

Production Co: Mirisch Company, Cartier Productions

Distributors: United Artists

Keywords: Father, Emotional, Forbidden love, Deception, Mother, Heartwarming, Lighthearted, Transformation, Marriage, Daughter

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    Fiddler on the Roof is not a perfect motion picture - it is too long and there are times when it's obvious that the musical numbers have been pre-recorded then lip-synched - but it represents an enjoyable three hours. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Norman Jewison's Fiddler on the Roof is a lavish, carefully made, splendidly designed musical film. It demonstrates once again that ample amounts of time and money, intelligently employed, can indeed buy perfection. show more

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Would it be heresy on my part to suggest that Fiddler isn't much as a musical, and that director Norman Jewison has made as good a film as can be made from a story that is quite simply boring? show more

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Winner Cinematography
Nominated Film Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1972)
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Winner Sound
Nominated Directing
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
Winner Music (Scoring: Adaptation and Original Song Score)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Soundtrack
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1972)
Winner Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Art Direction
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1972)